BRIDGING THE BROADBAND AFFORDABILITY GAP
Our Free Apartment Wi-Fi program can connect 9 million people who live in MDUs to reliable home internet. We partner with States, Cities, Building Owners, and Property Managers to deploy building-wide Wi-Fi through managed service solutions that are cost-effective and simple to implement for building owners and free to residents.
We assist states in developing and implementing Digital Equity plans to submit to NTIA.
We partner with building owners and property managers to support funding for apartment Wi-Fi projects.
We help Housing Authorities plan and execute multi-property Wi-Fi projects.
Three barriers exist when it comes to the adoption of broadband internet amongst residents in MDUs: affordability, enrollment, and lack of options. Applying a managed service approach to connecting these residents removes these barriers.
Rather than each household buying their internet connection, the owner procures a single internet connection for a property-wide Wi-Fi network, and all residents can connect. This option will provide the building with better connectivity at a lower cost than traditional commercial Internet Service Provider options.
By leveraging the volume of residences in an MDU, providers greatly reduce the monthly costs per unit when a building owner procures service on behalf of all residents, acting as a single enterprise-type customer.
Goal: $20/mo or less per household.
No enrollment is needed by the residents. Wi-Fi procurement, deployment, and support provided by Managed Service Provider. Residents just have to join the Wi-Fi network like the would at an airport or coffee shop.
Subsidizing the capital expenditures for new entrants to reach the property encourages competition and further drives down price.
This can be purchased from a local Internet service provider, or the city can leverage the Internet access it uses to connect city facilities by extending its network to apartment buildings using a wired or wireless wide area network.
This step involves simply wiring hallways and common areas for Wi-Fi access points and then configuring the network.
Residents can also be given a unique username and password for enhanced security.